Human Rights

Russia: With War, Censorship Reaches New Heights

Russian authorities have threatened to fine or block 10 Russian independent media outlets if they do not delete publications about the war in Ukraine, Human Rights Watch said on February 28, 2022. The authorities have interfered with access to...

Ukraine: Russian Cluster Munition Hits Hospital

A Russian ballistic missile carrying a cluster munition struck just outside a hospital in Vuhledar, a town in the Ukrainian government-controlled Donetska region, on February 24, 2022, Human Rights Watch said on February 25, 2022. The attack killed...

Russia: Arbitrary Detentions of Anti-War Protesters

Police arbitrarily detained hundreds of peaceful protesters across Russia on February 24, 2022, at rallies in solidarity with Ukraine and against the war, Human Rights Watch said on February 26, 2022. The authorities also arrested at least two human...

Myanmar: EU Needs to Enforce New Sanctions on Junta

The European Union should swiftly enforce new sanctions targeting Myanmar’s junta and its state-owned oil company, Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE), Human Rights Watch said on February 24, 2022. The EU should also ensure that the withdrawals of...

Global: Older People at Heightened Risk in Conflict

Older people are often at heightened risk of abuses during armed conflict, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on February 23, 2022. All parties to armed conflict should end abuses against older people and facilitate humanitarian assistance...

Europe: Ban Trade with Illegal Settlements

The European Commission should prohibit EU trade with settlements in occupied territories globally, Human Rights Watch said on February 21, 2022 as it signed onto a European Citizen’s Initiative (ECI). The citizen-led initiative, registered with the...

India: Biased Investigations 2 Years After Delhi Riot

Indian authorities are wrongfully prosecuting activists and protest organizers under India’s anti-terrorism law two years after 53 people were killed in communal violence following peaceful protests against discriminatory citizenship policies, Human...

Social Justice, Taxes, and Freedom of Religion or Belief

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Tax Justice, Religious Freedom, and the Tai Ji Men Case

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The panel discussion during the side event

One UN human rights expert’s fight to eliminate ‘conversion therapies’

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Victor Madrigal-Borloz, Independent Expert on Protection against violence and discrimination...